The long awaited beginning of fall draws near. The vacations of summer, with trips to the beach or favorite campgrounds for summer fun, are coming to a close as we prepare for the cooler months ahead. Over the summer, Southeast Camper folks have been busy with both DOGs and PuPs alike.
While we have our normally scheduled events posted for all to attend, you never know when a PUP will come together. A PuP, being a reference to an unofficial or mini DOG, Or, a spur of the moment gathering that “PoPs” up.
Every now and then someone will suggest, coordinate and host such an event. Pick a campground, ask who is available or interested and you often are rewarded with an afternoon of good fun or even a weekend camp out among friends, old and new. Many chapters start this way and its just good fun. Not to mention an extra excuse to hang out with friends and be in the outdoors. You never know when something of this nature will become an annual event. So, go forth. Share a meal and a good time with good, like minded folks.
Earlier this year, a member of our group hosted such an impromptu event between the Spring and the Mile High DOG’s. A grand time was had by all who had the opportunity to attend. There is usually a similar event that takes place around the middle to end of August as well, between the Mile High and Fall DOGs.
Outside of our official calendar, there are opportunities to engage in events organized by other groups too. The two most common of these are a Shrimp Boil in the spring and another event in the Fall. Keep a lookout on our Facebook page for these types of events as well.
As this article reaches us, the scheduled 2017 DOGs have come to an end and we find ourselves fondly reflecting upon the memories of those events. As we were putting our Fall DOG behind us and began discussing plans for next year, it was apparent that the cooler weather had been eagerly anticipated, For the tone of recipes reflected this to follow our favorite flavors of the season. Perhaps this is why the Spring and Fall DOGs tend to be the most popular.
Come join us at one of our DOGs, a PuP or other event. And, Come join us on our Facebook page. You are always welcome.
With warm thoughts and warm pots…..
It’s been a while since our last update. We are alive and well.
As many of you know Facebook has become the “Go to Place” for information about our Dutch Oven Group and our Dutch Oven Gatherings schedule.
We met on February 6th for our Cabin Fever Dutch Oven Gathering to kick the year off. The weather cooperated with us for a nice partly sunny day that hit the mid 60’s. The week before had us worried as it poured pretty dang hard.
The Southeast Camper Cabin Fever Dutch Oven Gathering attracted over 50 cooks and guest with 38 recipes made in our cast iron black pots. The menu was abounding with everything you could want; nobody goes away hungry.
Our next event is the first weekend in April. The Southeast Camper Dutch Oven Group (Charlotte, NC) will hook up with The Old Dominion Iron Chefs (Richmond, VA) for the NC-VA 2 state DOG. We will be camping at Jordan Lake in the Parkers Creek Camping Area, Loop 2. We will have a Pot Luck Dinner Friday Night with the Big DOG Saturday at Shelter #1 in the Seaforth Area. We like to meet about 8 am for a Meet’n’Greet along with breakfast. A few with make snacks and test recipes during the day. The main buffet will be at 4 pm right at the shelter. Afterwards we will have a drawing for some door prizes.
Get your gear ready along with your favorite recipe for an afternoon of outdoor cooking fun and fellowship.
We hope to see you at a Dutch Oven Gathering around the Carolina’s.